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Capital Weather Gang Archive: Education

Washington's greatest snowstorms

I've compiled some snowfall plots of past storms to show us a few direct hits to our area. The snowfall plots show the snow accumulation across the entire Washington area, not just at the official recording stations. This is useful to understand the scope of the storm and to see who received the snowfall bullseye.

By Kevin Ambrose  | December 30, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Education, Latest, Photography, Snowmageddon, Winter Storms  
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Stink bug weather & tips for keeping them out

The Washington area had a terrible bout of stink bug weather this past November. One might even say we had at least one episode of severe stink bug weather. Discussed are ways to combat the stink bug.

By Kevin Ambrose  | December 7, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Education, Latest, Photography  
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Snowmageddon - the book!

The 2009-10 winter season was highlighted by historic snowfalls in late December and early February, breaking all-time records for monthly and seasonal totals. The Snowmageddon book captures the 2009-10 winter season in photographs, snowfall statistics, snowfall plots and weather maps. The storms Snowpocalypse, Snowmageddon, and Snoverkill are detailed in the book.

By Capital Weather Gang  | December 6, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Education, Latest, Photography, Snowmageddon, Winter Storms  
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The mystery of the von Karman vortex street

Crop circles? Mini-hurricanes? Spaceships? What the heck are those things pictured to the right? What we're looking at here is a classic example of a von Karman vortex street. Other than being really cool to look at, these phenomena are just another reminder of just how weird our atmosphere can be.

By Brian Jackson  | November 9, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Education, Photography, Science  
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Engage in weather & climate at DC WeatherFest

This weekend (October 23-24. 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.), a giant Expo marking the culmination of the nation's first national science festival takes place on the National Mall and surrounding areas. More than 1,500 interactive exhibits and 75 stage shows are planned, representing more than 500 organizations. About 20 of these organizations are convening for the D.C. WeatherFest, which promises to engage visitors with activities and hands-on demonstrations exploring weather, water, and climate. Organizers are inviting everyone out to this first of its kind event locally, and especially students, teachers, retirees, boy/girl scouts and families.

By Jason Samenow  | October 21, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Education, Event, Science  
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The six great early American climate myths

Recently, in the Six Great Early American Climate Myths, Part I, I discussed three of the climate myths that the late David Ludlum, founder and long-time director/editor of Weatherwise magazine, summarized as "American Climythology." Ludlum, one of America's foremost weather historians, died in 1997. Following is a discussion of the other three myths...

By Don Lipman  | September 16, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Education, Lipman  
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Older Entries in This Category »

The six great early American climate myths, Don Lipman , September 8, 2010
The thunderstorm and the Battle of Ox Hill, Kevin Ambrose , September 1, 2010
Weather and war throughout history, Don Lipman , August 17, 2010
The thunderstorm that saved Washington, Kevin Ambrose , July 15, 2010
The fog of the Cape Cod wind farm, Steve Tracton , May 20, 2010
A few words about lightning myths, Don Lipman , May 12, 2010
Kids' solutions to air pollution, Ann Posegate , May 7, 2010
Weather sayings: Do they have any value?, Don Lipman , April 20, 2010
Now you know the power of El NiƱo, Don Lipman , March 25, 2010
Daylight Saving changes time, not weather, Ann Posegate , March 16, 2010
The varying predictability of snowstorms, Steve Tracton , March 2, 2010
Watch out for those ice dams!, Don Lipman , February 7, 2010
Winter: The season of static cling, Ann Posegate , January 4, 2010
Sea & sky while cruising the Atlantic, Steve Tracton , November 20, 2009
Feeling under pressure by air pressure?, Ann Posegate , November 19, 2009
An Inch of Rain - What Does it Mean?, Don Lipman , September 15, 2009
Celebrate Weather & Climate With Year of Science, Ann Posegate , August 26, 2009
It's Not the Heat..., Don Lipman , July 23, 2009
Weather Makes for Summer Fun With Kids, Steve Tracton , July 2, 2009
Dictating the Superiority of Dew Point, Jason Samenow , June 30, 2009
San Francisco's Summertime Stratus Deck, Ian Livingston , June 11, 2009
Reader Mail: Use of the Dewpoint Should Die, Capital Weather Gang , June 9, 2009
Making Severe Weather Less Scary for Kids, Ann Posegate , April 24, 2009
The Science and Wonder of Snowflakes, Ann Posegate , December 10, 2008
Talking to Kids about Hurricanes, Capital Weather Gang , September 3, 2008
Cool Tools for 'Canes, Jason Samenow , August 28, 2008
Local Weather Conference: July 18-19, Ian Livingston , July 13, 2008
How Humid's That Air? Ask Your Hair., Capital Weather Gang , July 9, 2008
Weird Clouds... From Another World?, Steve Tracton , May 16, 2008
Weather 101: The Madness to March Winds, Dan Stillman , March 14, 2008
School Colors: Turning Green, Steve Scolnik , March 1, 2008
Model Muttering, Steve Scolnik , February 28, 2008
Bucket O' Bookmarks: Site for Kids, Teachers, Steve Scolnik , February 25, 2008
If the Missile Misses, Dan Stillman , February 20, 2008
Bucket O' Bookmarks: BudBurst, Steve Scolnik , February 15, 2008
Partly Sunny, Partly Cloudy, Mostly Confusing, Dan Stillman , February 14, 2008
Local Lecture: Meet a Met, Steve Scolnik , February 14, 2008
Media: Weather for the Eyes and Ears, Steve Scolnik , February 5, 2008
Free/Low-Cost Classes, Steve Scolnik , January 26, 2008
 
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